Govt to reverify reply to RTI query by HYC on Harijan Colony residents

Shillong, May 1: The state government has asked the Shillong Municipal Board (SMB) and Urban Affairs department to reverify and come back with clarification regarding a recent reply to the RTI query, which indicated that 148 of 342 families of  Harijan Colony are illegal settlers at Them Iew Mawlong.

The Hynniewtrep Youth Council (HYC) received the reply to the queries from the SMB office.


Later, the organisation sought the intervention of Tynsong.

The HYC had alleged that the reply had clearly indicated that there are only 194 families, who are employees of the Shillong Municipal Board (SMB) and other government offices, and presently residing at Them Iew Mawlong and not 342 families as claimed in the affidavit filed before the Meghalaya High Court

In response, Tynsong said, “In fact, they have submitted a memorandum to me and they pointed out about the RTI copy that they had received that instead of 342 families, they found that only 194 or something so I told them it is subjected to verification again. So I have already sent back this copy to the CEO of SMB as well as the Director of Urban Affairs where they have to reverify and come back and give the details on the matter.”

The deputy chief minister said, “Because the way the reply of RTI queries, I remember correctly when I was looking after power department that again that Saubhagya scheme, the RTI and the actual things that we have in the file is different, so I don’t say it is in totality correct, that’s what I sent back to the department concerned and bring back all details and if need be clarification has to be given.”

He said the government will go ahead with the meeting with the Harijan Panchayat Committee (HPC) on May 7, to discuss the  relocation of the residents from Them Iew Mawlong.

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